Choose a RN school whose requirements play to your strengths, and minimize the weak parts of your GPA. Most RN programs only look at specific prerequisite college courses. Which ones vary with the school. Example: Almost everyone wants to see A&P I & II with C or better, and general psych, and human growth & development psych. Some want sociology, or a computer class, or microbiology, or whatever.
And some won't even accept college credits that are older than 4 years or 6 years or whatever arbitrary cutoff the RN school picks. If so, you could repeat the prereqs and get better grades on the repeat(s) and the school would, by its own rule, have to use the new and improved grade(s).
Most RN programs don't grant any college nursing course credits to LPNs for anything more than just Nursing I. You start with Nursing II and move in step with the others in your cohort. They think LPN coursework is almost worthless. (This program looks like it might flirt with giving LPNs Nursing II, if they can do well enough on the tests?)
Example admissions requirement for one local associate degree RN program, below. This one seems to place emphasis on a pre-entrance exam, drug calculation proficiency, and certain prereq courses that are pretty much the standard ones all schools look at.
Requirements for applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) seeking advanced placement:
a. Satisfactory score on the NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam
b. Score of 90% or greater on a drug calculation proficiency exam before the first scheduled class
c. The applicant must complete the following courses, or their equivalent, with a grade of “C” or greater prior to being considered for admission:
BIOL201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYC101 General Psychology I
PSYC106 Human Growth and Development*
The remaining three courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or greater prior to beginning the fall ADN semester:
WRIT101 English Composition I
CIST100 Introduction to Information Technology
d. Attainment of a Q.P.A. of 2.0 or greater in nursing core courses which are taken at schoolname (Transfer courses are not included in the computation of the schoolname quality point average for admission and progression.)
e. LPN’s must purchase their own Professional Liability insurance
Placement into Nursing III ADN will be on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. The previously listed requirements are minimum criteria. Applicants who meet minimum criteria will be considered for admission into the program. However, meeting minimal criteria does not guarantee admission into the program. Available spaces will be divided equally between re-admission applicants and LPN advanced placement applicants.
That community college also runs an LPN program. But they make mo mention of looking at a LPN's GPA. I found that most of the RN programs in western PA look down on LPN coursework as "throw it out; LPNs know nothing." You essentially start all over when you go for RN. So, here, RN applicants get a point ranking based on certain criteria only, and everything else is tossed. Now, I suppose there could be some "hidden file" where someone notes the low LPN GPA. But the preentrance exam score is hugely important, followed by grades in those few specific prereq courses. In this case, a fantastic score on the drug calcs would also be a huge boost to an applicant, because so many students seem to be confused on those calcs forever
, and that's maddening to the instructors, so somebody who can ace them is an interesting candidate.